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How to get an US / DE iTunes account without a credit card

March 11th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

iTunes Account

I’m living in Austria – and that means for me not to have access to all the good stuff iTunes provides to users from the US or even DE where I live nearby.

So for example I love it to read – but the books which are available in Austria via the iTunes bookstore are only ‘free’ ones – from the Project Gutenberg.

Another point is that many apps are not available outside the US store…

So – what to do?

First Thing to do:
Get an account for the iTunes store of US / DE.

Here is it how to get one:

  1. Open the settings page of your iDevice and navigate to the ‘Store’ entry in the list of categories
  2. Click on the Apple-ID entry there and select ‘Sign Out’ – instead of your Apple-ID you now will see a ‘Sign In’ labled entry/button
  3. Click on the ‘Sign In’ button
  4. Select ‘Create New Apple ID’
  5. A Store Info is shown to select the correct iTunes Store you want to create the account for
  6. Click on the Store Info button and select ‘United States’ (it’s the first one in the list)
  7. Click on the ‘Next’ button and agree the iTunes ‘Terms and Conditions’
  8. Exit the account creation process by pushing the ‘Home’ button of your iDevice
  9. Open the AppStore and search for a free app like ‘Geared’
  10. Click on the ‘Free’ button to purchase it and click then on the ‘Install’ button
  11. Select the ‘Create New Apple ID’ entry
  12. The US-Store should be already displayed – so click on the ‘Next’ button
  13. Accept the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and fill out the questionaire and click on the ‘Next’ button
  14. Click on the ‘Credit Card’ entry and select ‘None’
  15. Fill in an address – be creative 😉
    –> be aware that the zip code for New York has to be a 5-digit number
    If you enter NY / New York you’ll then be shown a helper screen to select the correct Zip-Code!

And – that’s all, congratulations to your new US-iTunes Account

Second Thing – get your account valued:

German iTunes gift cards can be purchased by REWE everywhere in Germany – also in Kiefersfelden 😉 So go for it and feed your account with a purchased iTunes value card.

What about US account? Anyone out there with an idea who to get an US-account valued?
I think the best way would be to ask somewhere in the US to buy one and give you the gift card code so that you can feed your account with that code… Other recommendations appreciated!


Categories: Apple, Apps, AppStore, iTunes
  1. J. Henrich
    March 19th, 2011 at 18:25 | #1

    You can also purchase gift card ID’s for US iTunes store at ebay
    e.g.: http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190503178422#ht_2373wt_907

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